Info: Edirol R-09 field recorder

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Just when I was about to spend $400 to get the MicroTrack 24/96 despite its many bugs (proprietary lithium-ion battery; 30V phantom power), Roland comes to the rescue with a new model also priced at $400: the Edirol R-09. The various blogs have picked up on it already, so read previews at and Transom.

On first glance it seems ideal: runs on 2 x AA batteries (NiMH ok), uses SD memory cards up to 2 gig, can record 24 bit x 48khz, and can use external mics or line-in as well as its own built-in stereo electrets.

Now although the preliminary review on CreateDigitalMusic mentions that Edirol is saying the R-09 has true 48V phantom power, I don't see it in the specs on the Edirol home page. It only mentions mic "plug-in power" which is much weaker, usually 3-4V. In fact, the external mic jack isn't even balanced, which is a bad sign....

Here are the specs from the Edirol home page:

Recorder Part
Tracks2 (stereo)
Signal ProcessingAD/DA conversion: 24 bits, 44.1/48 kHz
Data TypeFormat: MPEG 1, Audio Layer 3 (MP3), Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit Rates: 64/96/128/160/192/256/320 kbps, Format: WAV, Sampling Rate: 44.1/48 kHz, Bit Depth: 16/24 bits
Memory CardSD Card (supports 32 MB–2 GB)
Input and Output
Audio InputsInternal Stereo Microphone, External MIC (Stereo miniature phone type, plug-in powered mic), LINE IN (Stereo miniature phone type), Internal mic (stereo), Mic input jack (stereo miniature phone type, plug-in power supported), Line input jack (stereo miniature phone type)

* The mic input jack and line input jack cannot be used simultaneously (line input takes priority)
Audio OutputsHeadphone jack (stereo miniature phone type), Digital output jack (optical miniature phone type), Line output jack (stereo miniature phone type)

* Headphones, digital output, and line output share the same jack
USB InterfaceMini-B type connector

* USB 1.1/2.0 mass storage device class compatible
EffectsPlayback Reverb
Display20 characters, 2 lines ((Organic Light Emitting Diode) )
Power SupplyAC Adaptor (PSB-6U), Alkaline dry battery LR6 (AA) type x 2, or Nickel Hydrogen battery (HR15/51) x 2
AccessoriesOwner's Manual, AC Adaptor (PSB-6U), SD Card (64 M bytes), USB cable (Mini-B type)

Edirol hasn't posted the manual in PDF yet, so I guess we have to wait for the definitive news. This review of the Marantz PMD-660 is so tempting too.

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